WORX Electric Lawnmower
First a little prologue story.
In April when we bought the house, we bought a brand new gas mower. I used that mower once a week for a couple months. Then we had the really hot spell in July and the grass went dormant and stopped growing.
After sitting idle for a month, I tried the gas mower again, and it wouldn't start. I looked over it abit, I tried to troubleshoot on the internet, I came up with several hypothesises but in the end, small engine repair really isn't something that holds alot of my interest. So with this gas lawn mower out of commission, I needed a new lawn mower and I decided to look into electrics.
That brings us to the WORX electric lawn mower
. After researching online I came across these fairly affordable well reviewed cordless electric lawn mowers. None of these mowers were available in store anywhere so I had to online order one. At first I ordered one "Ship to Store" at Lowes. That took a week, they shipped a tablesaw instead of a lawnmower. The counter help was unhelpful and disinterested in resolving the matter. Jenn has a good write up of that terrible experience on her blog. In anycase, I had them refund my money, and we ordered from Amazon instead.
Amazon delivery took another week. Prime shipping wasn't an option, and it was shipped standard UPS. UPS delivered on a very rainy day and left the package by the side door, out in the open in puddle of water. Nice.
Anyway. The package was only there for about 2 hours and the cardboard hadn't managed to soak through yet, so overall no harm no foul.
That evening I took the lawnmower out of the package and assembled the handle together. The 4 screws and two pieces of the handle was the only assembly required. I took the small motorcycle battery sized Lawnmower battery out and plugged it into the charger. About 30 minutes later, the battery charger switched from red light to green light.
Saturday morning, it was supposed to rain, and it did rain the entire day before, but by 10 am it had been dry for several hours and the weather radar was clear so I decided to give the lawnmower a try.
The grass was still damp, not too wet, but damp, and since it hadn't been mowed in 6 weeks, there were plenty of high spots even though the drought we've had kept alot of the grass brown and low.
Anyway, I slid the little gray starter key and pulled the handle lever and the mower started right up. No pull cords, no smoke, and it's very quiet. Less noisy than a vacuum cleaner.
I proceeded to mow the lawn.
It cut the grass. The 14" deck is smaller than the 21" deck I had been using, but in the WORX defense, I felt like I didn't do as much overlap as I would normally do with the larger gas mower. So it really didn't take much longer to mow with this mower than with the previous gas mower.
One difference is the WORX does not have as much suction and rolls right over some sticks and stones that the gas mower would suck up and destroy. In the case of the sticks, I was a little bummed, as I enjoy the satisfying sound of a lawn mower munching small timber. But not sucking up the rocks was a bonus as I wasn't worried about a stray rock hitting the house or the car in the driveway in the slightest.
The one side of my house is very sandy and rocky and previously I didn't mow it with the gas mower because of all the flying rock carnage that would ensue. The WORX worked great over that side of the yard. It took down the grass and growth, but didn't fling rocks anywhere.
Also part of my backyard is very soft ground as well. The heavier gas mower would sink half it's wheels into the ground in spots, but this light little electric glanced over the yard without sinking with ease.
Overall, it's a very nice little mower. The Tim Taylor in me is a little said at the viseral lack of noise and raw destructive power, but the little electric did do what it needed to do... it cut the lawn. And what the mower did lack a little in manliness, it made up for it in a quiet sci-fi electric futuristic feel, so overall, still good.
If you have a modereate to modest sized suburban yard, I reccomend this mower.
The only outstanding question I'll have is how well it's battery does over time, and how it handles the leaves in the fall. Any issues with those though, I'll likely update this blog/post in the fall.